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SFC Anniversary Celebration

Celebrating a Decade of Green Design

Attention, attendees of Fall 2016 High Point Market–clear your calendars for the evening of Friday, October 21st, when the Sustainable Furnishings Council will be celebrating its 10th anniversary with a fabulous fête at The Lofts at Union Square in High Point! The evening will be full of entertainment, refreshments and exciting announcements, all of which will be led by interior designer and television personality Libby Langdon, who serves as master of ceremonies. After ten years of growth from a handful of like-minded and passionate advocates to a 400 member-strong non-profit offering consumer guidance and outreach, the Sustainable Furnishings Council has many milestones to celebrate on this special occasion.

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Attendees, who are requested to RSVP (click to respond online via sustainablefurnishings.org) ahead of time, will be treated to a personalized recorded message from former U.S. Vice President and environmental advocate Al Gore, based on his popular TED talk, The Case for Optimism on Climate Change. Amy Smith of World Wildlife Fund and David Levine of the American Sustainable Business Council will be in attendance to discuss related issues such as combating deforestation, creating harmful chemical-free furnishings, and other initiatives within the SFC’s mission statement.

Special guests will include DESIGNINGreen leaders Thom Filicia, Angelo Surmelis and Dann Foley, plus SFC board members and key partners. Guests will spend the evening in conversation with master of ceremonies Libby Langdon, discussing the furnishings industry’s most pressing current issues, and the most important next steps as the SFC enters its second decade.

Photo c/o LibbyLangdon.com


Excitement continues to run high among SFC members, not only for the upcoming anniversary celebration, but for all that it symbolizes for the next ten years and beyond. “Ten years ago we started with an idea,” says Steve Freeman, SFC President and Vendor Relations Manager at Room & Board. “Now we have robust standards for our members to use toward continuous improvement. More than anything I am excited about the future and building on the success of the past 10 years.” The SFC’s decade of growth from just a few participants to a 400-member organization has been astounding, based mostly on the strength of its environmental message.

But why are so many businesses choosing to “go green”?

Interestingly, the SFC notes that sustainability has actually become a major issue of interest for the buying public. As consumers become more educated, they seek out product choices that will meet their needs for great design, value, and eco-responsibility. By seeking partnerships with retailers, manufacturers, designers and suppliers, they are able to provide the end consumer with what they want in terms of not only high style but earth-friendly substance–a great message of hope for the future!  The SFC’s mission going forward is to continue to partner with major manufacturers and retailers–including LEE Industries, Mitchell Gold + Bob Williams, and Room & Board–to provide the best education and networking opportunities available to capitalize on this rising consumer interest in environmentally safe furnishings.

Voices in Sustainable Design


storefront circle“Room & Board is proud to be one of the founding members of the Sustainable Furnishings Council. I am proud of the very exclusive group of twelve Exemplary members we now have and look forward to more. I encourage everyone to come join us as we celebrate and to learn more about the future.”


– Steve Freeman, SFC President, Room & Board



designer circle“The Sustainable Furnishings Council is a remarkable advocate for increasing the awareness and practices to increase our industry’s environmental accountability. This 10th anniversary party is a well-deserved moment to look back on all that’s been accomplished, and help steer the course to a vibrant and meaningful future.”

– Sean Sullivan, Hearst Design Group



handshake circle“We have experienced a great first ten years for SFC. There has been an amazing amount of awareness that has happened in this decade.  While the awareness has been a great start it’s even more exciting…to do the work that needs to be done in order to save our environment and build the awareness of why our efforts are so important to the consumer level.  Join us in our celebration and team with us as we embark on the second phase of our journey.”

– Hank Cravey, Home Trends & Design



rug circle“Aligning with and supporting organizations that promote ethical and sustainable business practices is a great start. We define success as an ongoing process of improvement, sustainability, quality and artistry. It’s important to recognize that ‘going green’ is an ongoing process.”

– Brandy Commodore, Jaipur Living



flag circle“We at American Leather always try to do what is right for our employees, our customers, and our vendors. It is nice to have partners like the Sustainable Furnishings Council so we can stay knowledgeable about green advances and learn from the other member companies.”

– Veronica Schnitzius, American Leather

Ready to celebrate sustainability in design with the passionate members of the SFC? Join them at 6 p.m. on Friday, October 21st for all the festivities! Can’t make it to the party? Not to worry, portions of the celebration will also be streaming on Facebook Live. Guests will be served local and organic food provided by 1618, a local enterprise that also has a popular food truck parked during Market at Suites at Market Square. A raffle of five exciting prizes will also take place, with entertainment provided by Federico Pivetta & Friends, playing jazz and then swing to cap off the evening and start this fall’s market off with a little dancing. It’s sure to be an evening of fun, education, and mingling with some of the best & brightest stars in sustainable design, so don’t miss it!COLORearth+logo+heartSFC

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